Iowa Lakes Community College


Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) serves students in a five-county area with satellite campuses Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, and Spirit Lake. Classes are catered to a variety of students who are enrolled full or part time, pursuing vocational, continuing education, and career option classes, which are offered during the day, in the evenings, and even over the weekends. For those that have work and family commitments, the school offers distance learning via the internet or through fiberoptics through a television set. Students also opt to attend ILCC for their first two years of post-secondary education before transferring to a four-year baccalaureate institution.


Information Summary

Ranks 31st in Iowa and 1796th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 67.5
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $17,202
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 14 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 65% / 17%
Enrollment Total (all students) 2,051


Students here are able to build close relationships with their instructor and are generally placed in classes of around 18, allowing students to also get to know their peers.

There are three different types of programs:

Career Options Programs

The credits earned can be applied to four-year institutions around the country. If students complete two-year programs, they may earn an Associate in Science degree. Career Options Programs are designed to ensure that “students are adequately prepared to meet practical employment needs.” The curriculum consists of general, foundational courses, specialty courses, and job-related training. Some of the areas of study include: Aviation Management, Computer Programming, Criminal Justice, Journalism and Photography, Veterinary Technology, to name a few.

Technical Programs

Students can prepare for job entry by earning an Associate in Science degree specific to the career path they have chosen. These programs are all-encompassing and fully prepare students for the workplace. Some of the subjects included in the technical programs includes Nursing, Construction Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management, among others.

Vocational Programs

Vocational programs are equivalent to two full-time semesters of credits and courses. Diplomas are awarded upon successful completion of all courses. Some of the programs available include: Medical Office Technologist Coding, Office Specialist, Photography, Marine Service Technology, and Construction Technology.

Bachelor’s Degree Complete Program

The school has partnered with several area universities to help its students achieve bachelor degrees. Briar Cliff University, Buena Vista University, and the University of Iowa, College of Nursing have classes on campus specifically for students to finish their four-year degrees. The University of Iowa and the Iowa State University have additional sources for students who enroll in their specialized programs to transfer their first two years to these institutions so students can earn a bachelor’s in those final two years of study.

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Students wishing to apply for admittance need to have either a high school diploma or its GED equivalent. Some programs may allow students to enter, on a case-by-case basis, without high school diplomas. Enrollment in many of the academic programs is limited, so the sooner students apply, the better chance they have of getting into their programs of choice.

Admissions is granted on a continuous first-come, first-served basis, requiring students to complete the following process:

  • Complete an application form and submit it to the Admissions Office. No application fee is required.
  • Students will be notified if an interview is required. Visiting with a program adviser is strongly encouraged.
  • A final high school transcript is required but will not affect acceptance for admittance.

Financial Aid

Over 75% of students receive some form of financial aid. Students need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. In addition, if students are interested in applying for scholarships, they also need to fill out the Online Scholarship Application.

The scholarship applications need to be submitted for each year of enrollment if students are interested in aid. There is an April 1 deadline for students attending in the fall. Students do not select the scholarships they wish to apply for, but rather, the online system screens answers and “matches” students with appropriate scholarships.

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Students here have the opportunity to develop peer relationships if they choose to live in the dormitories available on three of the five campuses: Emmetsburg, Estherville, and Spencer. Each dorm room is equipped with air-conditioning, high-speed internet, and hookups for basic cable TV. Vending machines and microwaves supplement on-campus food service. Students also have access to coin-operated washers and dryers for their laundry needs.

For extracurricular activities, students are able to join a myriad of clubs and organizations at each campus. The groups center around pre-professional topics, special interest groups, athletic clubs, social organizations, and community services.

Students needing support as they seek careers can visit with advisers at the Career Resource Center. Services are available to help students identify education goals, assess skills and interests, develop individual career plans, develop interviewing skills, and learn business etiquette.

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The Lakers compete in the ICCAC and NJCAA.

Men’s Competitive Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Wrestling

Women’s Competitive Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Volleyball

Students can enjoy state-of-the-arts facilities for their athletic activities. There is a Laker gymnasium, Hess Lundberg Baseball Complex, and the Christensen Building which contains an all-sport surface with two full basketball courts and two drop-down baseball batting cages. A weight room and training facility is also available to students. Swimmers are able to enjoy a six-lane, 25 meter indoor, heated pool and a 1 meter diving board.

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